Alex Rowley has some brass neck in demanding “more urgency” in building a visitor centre at Lochore Meadows Country Park (Courier Jan 20). Where has he been as this project has languished since Mr Rowley secured seedcorn funding of £1 million in one of his last acts as leader of Fife Council?

As a “long-time campaigner for the country park”, one might think he would have kept an eye on things and stepped in as the original vision shrunk to the pathetic portacabin now on offer?

Then there is his brass neck in telling Fife Council they need to “meet groups in all communities … to answer any concerns”.
As a local MSP in the area, who lost the constituency vote at the last election, did he not realise he needed to make some effort himself to listen to the communities?

As FifeLabour’s most senior member, could he not have had a word with his Labour colleague who leads Fife Council about his stated refusal to hold any more public meetings with the concerned communities?

Finally, having discovered how badly handled the whole project has been, and how very unhappy those who know and love the Meedies are, could Mr Rowley not have found some of the vision and leadership which local community groups are showing?

Instead he gives us the Meedies version of Project Fear in a desperate bid to cover the arses of the politicians and officers who have presided over this mess.

Linda Holt

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    January 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    If you end up with nothing, you’ve only yourselves to blame!

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  2. Linda Holt

    January 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    This sounds like a threat along the lines of ones uttered by Cllr Alex Campbell and Cllr Mark Hood to various community meetings.
    What it actually amounts to is
    “Shut up and be grateful for what you’ve been offered! If you keep complaining, we’ll take it away.”
    This is patently false – money for capital projects is routinely ringfenced and there is no reason why this can’t be. Moreover Fife Council has manifestly failed to attract external funding for this project due to spectacular mismanagement and general can’t-be-arsedness (compare the Kelpies Park, another development on a former mining site, with much less going for it than the Meedies).
    It is shameful that local councillors seem unable to share the ambition and vision of local communities for the Meedies.
    It is even more shameful that they try to play power games with the people who elected them. Witness their anger that their electors are not now behaving as loyal subjects in silent gratitude for the largesse that they in their greater wisdom have bestowed on them.
    “As for the total lack of community consultation, well never mind, we are where we are and we’ve got to move on (especially before May’s election so Labour has an achievement to spin to cover up years of inaction and mismanagement). If we don’t, there’ll be no new visitor centre and it’ll be all your fault”.
    These scare tactics remind me of a playground version of Project Fear. They are an insult to the intelligence and integrity of local residents.

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